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Clearing the Debate about Rigid vs. Flexible Circuits

Dec 22, 2015

Since the creation of flex and rigid-flex PCBs, there have been debates whether these types are better than the traditional rigid PCBs. One can argue and say one circuit board is better than the other. But it is not so much the design as much as the market need. Earlier, the device had to be designed to fit the circuit board. Today, the PCB design needs to be created to fit the device.

The reason is that modern electronic devices are becoming smaller, but are expected to be faster. Also, they require circuits that will allow for the transfer of information quickly and precisely without degradation. Flexible printed circuit boards can meet this requirement.

How Flex PCBs are Beneficial

The advantages of flexible printed boards proves that they are the right solutions to meet the needs of electronic devices today.

  • Reduction of PCB Size and Weight: Flexible circuits are known to be thin and lightweight. They can also be folded or creased for placement in confined spaces. All these aspects result in a reduction of the size and weight of the PCB. This can be a huge advantage over wire harnesses.
  • Design Versatility: Flex circuits are capable of accepting any kind of connector or component used in rigid PCBs. It can be designed with different types of components and methods, such as crimped contacts, ZIF connectors, and direct solder to PCB method. They can also be designed with RF or EMI shielding for certain applications.
  • Cost-Effective: As the size and weight of the PCB package will be reduced, it will also reduce costs related to materials and manufacturing. Fewer machines will be required for the assembly process. A simpler assembly process will result in fewer errors in the final product.
  • Application Variety: The versatility of flexible PCBs does not just stop at its design. These circuits can be used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications.

It is for these reasons that flexible PCBs are considered to be a better choice for todays applications than their predecessors.



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